Sunday, April 20, 2014

Trade Shows! This might be the best part.

I have done my fair share of trade show, but I have always been the exhibitor. I have worked in wholesale my entire career and now for the first time- I am attending as a buyer. The first show I attended this year was the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco- which was very fun except for the fact that I invited my sisters, who are so dramatic it is stupid. and my Mom was verbally accosted by a homeless man- overall it was a typical weekend with the girls. I got lots of ideas but mainly overwhelmed.

The second show I attended was the Seattle Food Service Show. It was tiny compared to the Monster of a show in San Fran, but I felt is was do able for being Coby's (hubby/ business partner) first trade show. We left with lots of ideas and plenty to chew on. 

The next show is in Las Vegas and then New York in the fall, these are seriously too fun. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Equipment, fixture Layout- God, I wish I knew what I was doing

I have a floor plan, and now I must fill it. I know we want to have a Coffee Bar with drive thru, a full service deli, a large beer and wine section, dry goods, light produce and housewares… Now where does it all go and how? I have never done this before. I have set up a mean garage sale or two and hosted plenty of rockin' soirees but merchandising a store is a whole new animal.

Oh I hit up the flea Market on Saturday Morning… Check out my finds.

I had a lovely day playing with the kids, meeting up with an old friend to talk about the store and before long we will get this empty building outfitted to house the neatest little shop in Gig Harbor!